Greater Lansing History Timeline
Lansing History Timeline
1836 - Biddle City was formed.
1837 - Michigan becomes the 26th state in the union.
1847 - Lansing becomes the capital of Michigan.
1855 - Michigan State University is founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, becoming the first land grant university in the United States.
1859 - Lansing becomes a city.
1861 - Civil War.
1879 - The new State Capitol Building is dedicated in Lansing; the structure cost $1,510,130.
1897 - Olds Motor Company is formed in Lansing.
1905 - The REO Motor Car Company is established in Lansing.
1972 - The Thomas M. Cooley Law School is founded.
1983 - The annual Celebration of Michigan Women, at which historic and contemporary women are inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, is founded by the Michigan Women's Studies Association.
1985 - Martha M. Mertz of Okemos founds the ATHENA Award Program to honor outstanding business and professional women for their achievements, community service and assistance to other women in gaining leadership skills; the program becomes national in 1985 and international in 1994.
1987 - On January 26, Michigan celebrates 150 years of statehood.
1989 - The Michigan Library and Historical Center is dedicated in Lansing.
1992 - The State Capitol Building is fully restored and rededicated.
1992 - Merrily Dean Baker of Okemos is the first woman to be the Athletic Director at a Big Ten University, at Michigan State University.
1994 - The first on-campus domestic violence shelter in the country is founded at Michigan State University by Joanne McPherson of East Lansing.
2001 - GM opens the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, which builds the Cadillac CTS, STS, SRX and V-Series. The architecture of the assembly plant resembles a high-tech research facility instead of a traditional factory.
2002 - Michigan elects its first female governor, Jennifer Granholm (D).
2006 - GM opens state-of-the-art facility in nearby Delta Charter Township. As with the 2001 assembly plant built in Lansing, the Delta plant resembles a high-tech research facility and not a traditional factory.
2009 - Lansing celebrates its Sesquicentennial (150 years).